I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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The Items We Carry

Over the last few days I’ve been see­ing a flickr group called The Items We Car­ry. I’ve final­ly con­tributed my own pho­to to the group, so you can see what I car­ry with me, pret­ty much all the time.
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I find this kind of thing fas­ci­nat­ing. It real­ly inter­ests me what peo­ple car­ry with them, what they need to func­tion each day, the tech­niques they have to do that. It inter­est­ed me to see all the lit­tle sys­tems that peo­ple have, and the more I look at it and think about it the more I realise how irrel­e­vant it is. Instead of focus­ing on lit­tle tech­niques and sys­tems to help “get things done” instead I and I would imag­ine many oth­ers, should be focus­ing on God and the rela­tion­ship we have with him. The time spent look­ing at estab­lish­ing lit­tle sys­tems that, could and more prob­a­bly should, be spent on get­ting to know the big feller, spend­ing time in His word and study­ing it.
It’s a big chal­lenge, and one which I need to take up with more gus­to than I have been, one which I pray I will be able to have the dis­ci­pline and self con­trol to do. I’ve been lis­ten­ing to Mike Bick­le’s “The Pow­er of a Focused Life” and it’s some­thing that I feel chal­lenged about and need to act on.

8 responses

  1. Stum­bled across you from the 100 Blogs in 100 Days. Nice look­ing site, and am glad you’re able to talk so open­ly about your faith, I need to prac­tice that.
    This is what I car­ry with me:
    Cell phone, keys, wal­let (in front pock­et = bet­ter back and no one steals it!), Zune, and hacky sack, must be able to play hacky sack where ever I’m at.

  2. Stum­bled across you from the 100 Blogs in 100 Days. Nice look­ing site, and am glad you’re able to talk so open­ly about your faith, I need to prac­tice that.
    This is what I car­ry with me:
    Cell phone, keys, wal­let (in front pock­et = bet­ter back and no one steals it!), Zune, and hacky sack, must be able to play hacky sack where ever I’m at.

  3. Nice to meet you Ben. Talk­ing open­ly about your faith is cer­tain­ly a chal­lenge, but a good one!
    You’re a Zune own­er, how are they? I’ve nev­er come across any­one who uses a Zune, most peo­ple I find are iPod peo­ple.

  4. Nice to meet you Ben. Talk­ing open­ly about your faith is cer­tain­ly a chal­lenge, but a good one!
    You’re a Zune own­er, how are they? I’ve nev­er come across any­one who uses a Zune, most peo­ple I find are iPod peo­ple.

  5. Aside from the pro­pri­etary soft­ware (but iPod has that too), I like it a lot. I can’t say the wire­less has been use­ful to me (maybe it will in the future, who knows), but it does every­thing I need it to, and nice­ly. Though mine is in a hard case (I just dropped it twice on the cement w/i the past two days, yikes! but it’s ok), it feels nicer to hold than the iPod to me. The nav­i­ga­tion on the iPod is nice, but this isn’t any hard­er or less intu­itive.
    Any­ways, hope to read more from you in the future, take care.

  6. Aside from the pro­pri­etary soft­ware (but iPod has that too), I like it a lot. I can’t say the wire­less has been use­ful to me (maybe it will in the future, who knows), but it does every­thing I need it to, and nice­ly. Though mine is in a hard case (I just dropped it twice on the cement w/i the past two days, yikes! but it’s ok), it feels nicer to hold than the iPod to me. The nav­i­ga­tion on the iPod is nice, but this isn’t any hard­er or less intu­itive.
    Any­ways, hope to read more from you in the future, take care.

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